Shekhar Saxena, M.D.
Shekhar Saxena, M.D., a psychiatrist by training, has worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1998 and as the director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse since 2010. He provides advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on the prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders, and suicide prevention. His work also involves establishing partnerships with academic centers and civil society organizations and global advocacy for mental health and substance-use issues. Saxena, originally from India, is leading WHO’s work to implement the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013 and scaling up care for priority mental, neurological, and substance-use disorders.